From left to right: Linda Shelly, President, Unit 28; State Rep. Bryan Shupe; Deborah Guenther, Department Vice-President, Delaware.

Formed Nov. 10, 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will mark its 100th anniversary this year.

In recognition of the milestone, State Rep. Bryan Shupe and State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn sponsored Senate Concurrent Resolution 55 honoring the group’s work and lauding their contributions to the community.

The measure was unanimously passed by both legislative chambers yesterday (6/25).

The American Legion Auxiliary is purportedly the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Its mission includes enhancing the lives of veterans and their families, promoting patriotism, and supporting The American Legion.

Since 1942, the ALA has sponsored the Delaware Girls State Program, which trains high school girls for leadership roles as they learn about the fundamentals of the legislative process.

Nationally, the ALA’s members have donated 6.2 million hours of their time serving veterans and the military; presented more than $1.6 million in annual scholarships; and raised $4.4 million for veterans’ services through the distribution of handmade poppies.

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